Inc. Plan (USA) is the featured partner for May 2013. Inc. Plan is a full service firm that aims to help small and medium-sized businesses realize financial and other advantages from filing for incorporation as opposed to other business types. Their services are geared toward the busy owner who finds himself wearing way too many hats and having too many balls in the air. A truly turnkey experience is delivered from their knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Jacques Luben and Caroline Quigley are the managing partners that bring decades of experiencing enabling businesses to live up to their potential. Jacques is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania and also earned an MBA from Columbia University. Also, his 15 years as the Executive Director of Platinum Guild International (USA) have given him insight into the international market. Caroline also holds an MBA from Columbia University and spent many years as an executive for a major New York City advertising agency where her clients included many Fortune 500 companies.
When Inc. Plan first launched in 1990, the main focus of the firm was to help small and medium-sized businesses understand the benefits of incorporating in their state. This included initial state filing, continued maintenance, and mail forwarding among others. The value behind these services really lies in the time savings delivered and the tax savings that can be associated with becoming incorporated.
Recently, the firm introduced a number of new service offerings. Some of these include website development consulting, printing of high quality business collateral, and a very unique and special service that simplifies the process of preparing frequently requested corporate documents. This move helps diversify the ways that the firm provides assistance to the ever busy business owner.
The partnership between Host Merchant Services and Inc. Plan is unique in a way because it offers two very important services to entrepreneurs and new businesses. Many owners that have never owned a business before do not fully realize the value that comes from having a merchant account to maximize ways customers can pay and the great benefits of incorporating their fledgling business. With these two simple, yet often overlooked processes, the books can turn from red to black in a much shorter timeline.
These same benefits can be applied to businesses that have years of experience as well. For example, a company that is incorporated protects its owners’ personal assets, enjoys pass-through taxation, and may garner higher credibility than a simple sole proprietorship. Similar advantage can come from setting up a merchant account to accept credit and debit card payments. If a merchant does not have payment processing setup they could be missing out on a substantial amount of revenue coming into the business.